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Monday, December 19, 2005
Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist... 12/14/2005 While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left. These are just a few of the surprising findings from a UCLA-led study, which is believed to be the first successful attempt at objectively quantifying bias in a range of media outlets and ranking them accordingly. "I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican," said Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and the study's lead author. "But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are."
posted by Jack Mercer @ 12/19/2005 11:20:00 AM  
9 Comments:
  • At 12/20/2005 12:29:00 AM, Blogger Kevin Mark Smith said…

    That's about as profound as the discovery that men and women are different. It's as plain as the nose on our faces, don't you think?

     
  • At 12/21/2005 04:28:00 PM, Blogger English Professor said…

    For the purposes of argument, let's assume that "reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican." How about a discussion of WHY that might be?

     
  • At 12/22/2005 09:32:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    I know, Kevin!

    EP,

    I am working on a response for our continued discussion. Sorry it is taking so long!

    -Jack

     
  • At 12/22/2005 10:10:00 PM, Blogger Kevin Mark Smith said…

    EP, here's a thought. Maybe bathing them in liberal theories in journalism school skews their belief system, especially when a good percentage enter the education system with lukewarm religious beliefs or none at all.

    There's a reason most business schools, engineering programs and other pro-business institutions produce predominantly conservative graduates. The more liberal, "thinking" institutions like education, law and journalism do the exact opposite.

    There's also the misguided belief that some journalism student have that their mission is to "change the world." Their mission should be to report the news. Anything else is inappropriate and unethical.

     
  • At 12/22/2005 11:37:00 PM, Blogger SheaNC said…

  • At 12/23/2005 08:07:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Well how about that!

    I guess we'll just have to fall back on common sense and the obvious. :)

    -Jack

     
  • At 12/23/2005 11:13:00 AM, Blogger SheaNC said…

    Common sense was outlawed years ago. Scofflaw.

     
  • At 12/23/2005 11:17:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    You're absolutely right, Shea.

    Feels like we live in Bizzaro World doesn't it?

    -Jack

     
  • At 12/23/2005 07:07:00 PM, Blogger mokawanis said…

    HiJack!
    I'm with sheanc on this one. The study appears to be bogus.
    I keep hearing about the liberal media and have seen a few indications that it exists but most of what I find leads to me to the conclusion that Fox News is more the norm than the exception.

     
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